SMART Objectives Toolkit

Toy wooden blocks with letters on them that spell SMART

The SMART Objectives Toolkit from the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) is designed to help prospective and current Charter School Programs (CSP) grantees develop successful initiatives. The toolkit combines planning principles with CSP grant requirements to guide current and prospective grantees in developing objectives and performance measures that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound (SMART).

A helpful instrument for writing or revising grant objectives, the toolkit is useful for first-time applicants or experienced grantees reviewing their project objectives. The toolkit is filled with examples from all CSP grant programs and divided into three parts:

  1. An overview of SMART objectives
  2. A protocol for developing SMART objectives
  3. A protocol for assessing current objectives and making them SMART.